Meet Sophia & Mikaere

Turangi husband and wife duo Sophia and Mikaere (Ngati Tuwharetoa & Ngai Te Rangi) met at university 12 years ago and have been together ever since. Illustrator and chef Sophia and teacher and artist Mikaere say their artistic abilities will be put to good use on The Block, with their creativity and strong work ethic giving them an edge over the other teams.

The visionary half of the two, Sophia’s ability to turn ideas into reality keeps her busy. When she’s not cooking or illustrating and sewing for work, she’s gardening, exercising her love for colour and design in everything she does.

Mikeare is an award winning artist who has worked on countless community youth and art development programmes.  He is fluent in Te Reo and currently teaches at a total immersion school secondary school teaching Art, English, Te Reo and Science - all except English are taught in Maori.

Sophia is organised, fiercely competitive and admits she does not like losing.  Whereas Mikeare considers himself a strong communicator with determination and drive and says his only weaknesses is becoming hangry when hungry!

Parents to a 10 year old daughter, they are no strangers to a spot of DIY, often taking on ultra-ambitious projects on their own home that they, along with their daughter and Mikaere’s father, live in. Sophia and Mikaere agree that their biggest challenge will be being away from family.